The 10 Best Things to Do in Viana do Castelo, Portugal

July 23, 2017 Etsuko Causey

A self-guided walking tour is the best way to appreciate the stunning architecture of Viana do Castelo. The buildings date from several different centuries so styles vary: highlights include the early 20th-century Basilica of Santa Luzia; the 16th-century fountain and former city hall building at the Praça da República; the gothic Cathedral on the Largo da Matriz; and the Monument to Caramuru and Paraguaçu, built just a few years ago in 2009.
Restaurants in Viana do Castelo

1. Santuario de Santa Luzia

Estrada de Santa Luzia, Viana do Castelo 4900-408, Portugal +351 258 823 173
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Santuario de Santa Luzia

Reviewed By Andrezanella - Curitiba, PR

Great church where you can see the old church of the XV century. Has the image in the ceiling of Jesus and the statue of Santa Luzia. The city is a small town with very traditional church’s and square.

2. O Navio Gil Eannes

Doca Comercial, Viana do Castelo 4900 - 321, Portugal +351 258 809 710
Excellent
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4.5 based on 571 reviews

O Navio Gil Eannes

Reviewed By Joyce h

What a surprise and so interesting to view. Wonderful to see this magnificent hospital ship so immaculately restored and maintained. Historically to learn that in our lifetime what incredibly brave and strong men made those journeys to fish off Newfoundland, supported by this vessel. A must see museum for visitors to Viana Do Costelo.

3. Igreja da Misericordia

Rua da Bandeira | Praça da República, Viana do Castelo 4900-560, Portugal +351 258 822 350
Excellent
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4.5 based on 110 reviews

Igreja da Misericordia

Reviewed By L C - Bath, United Kingdom

Lovely building in centre of Viana do Castelo, just off the main Square. Inside is beautifully decorated with lots of ornate statues. Free to enter.

4. Museu do Traje

Praca da Republica | Centro Historico, Viana do Castelo 4900-520, Portugal +351 258 809 306
Excellent
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4.5 based on 174 reviews

Museu do Traje

Reviewed By Lisa W - Taboada, Galicia, Spain

A fabulous collection of traditional costumes from the area including wedding and various working clothes. This museum also includes old weaving looms and a basement section with some beautiful filigree goldwork. At 2E entry (1E pensioners) it is worth a couple of hours

5. Praia do Cabedelo

Rua Diogo Cao 224 | Darque, Viana do Castelo 4935-162, Portugal +351 918 111 140
Excellent
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4.5 based on 115 reviews

Praia do Cabedelo

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

It was easy to find a parking place. This beach protects their dunes. No one can climb these dunes and they are cordoned off. We can enjoy viewing them, but not walk on it as it would destroy the plants.
I was quite fascinated with how many kites were flying on the beach! Unheard of! They were everywhere! Above the dunes, above the sea, above the beach.
Nearby some of the people were preparing to go Surfing. That must be fun! A bit further was a lighthouse on the rocks. It looked quite beautiful!
There were quite a lot of people on the beach! This is quite a popular beach.
I enjoyed the dunes the most. I am glad that they are protected.

6. Funicular de Santa Luzia

Avenida 25 de Abril, Viana do Castelo 4900-496, Portugal
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4 based on 315 reviews

Funicular de Santa Luzia

Reviewed By LizaTrips - Portugal

Its an elevator to go up the hill to visit Santa Luzia church. It takes only 7 minutes to go up. The cost is 3€ full trip and 2€ one trip. Amazing views on the top.

7. Museu Municipal de Viana do Castelo

Largo de Sao Domingos, Viana do Castelo 4900-330, Portugal +351 258 820 678
Excellent
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Museu Municipal de Viana do Castelo

Reviewed By Bernardette44 - Newark, Delaware

Ancient mansion with collection of choicest 16th & 17th century furnishings and decorative arts. Indo Portuguese inlaid furniture, exquisite religious paintings, silver, and an astonishing collection of Portuguese earthern ware 17th-9th century from all regions of the country. Dellightful tiny (by our standards) beds with hangings, tapestry. Much better than dec arts museum next to the Se in Oporto.

8. Citania de Santa Luzia

Monte de Santa Luzia, Viana do Castelo 4901-910, Portugal +351 258 825 917
Excellent
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4 based on 86 reviews

Citania de Santa Luzia

Iron Age settlement - National Monument

Reviewed By Thomas Desmond J - Coleraine, United Kingdom

The citania is located at the top of the hills above Viano do Castelo. There is now an information centre explaining some of the history of this impressive site. Only one third of the original site has been excavated and it consists of walls,open spaces and a variety of accommodation. There is a raised walkway which enables the visitor to walk round the site, without causing any damage to the ruins. The site was eventually overrun by the Romans who drove out the original inhabitants. It is one of the most important sites of its type and era.

9. Biblioteca Municipal de Viana do Castelo

Praca da Liberdade, Viana do Castelo 4900-040, Portugal +351 258 809 340
Excellent
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Biblioteca Municipal de Viana do Castelo

Reviewed By RPLM - Vila Praia de Ancora, Portugal

You can enjoy a Reading a book, watching a film, listening to music or simply writing your notes about the city... it's a very pleasant and peaceful place which invites you to moments of relaxatrion and peace.

10. Praca da Republica

Praca da Republica, Viana do Castelo 01040-000, Portugal
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Praca da Republica

Reviewed By JElliot32 - New South Wales, Australia

The old town of Viana do Castelo has a lot of charm and this perhaps reaches its pinnacle in this small plaza, which features numerous statues and an ancient Fountain and is surrounded by an impressive line-up of handsome, beautifully restored public buildings, some dating back to the Renaissance. It is a very pleasant space.

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